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People die with unfulfilled dreams. What if we told you it doesn’t have to be that way? We present Bucketlist. It’s now or never.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Bucketlist is a service that helps people approaching death and those around them create an environment where death is a trigger for action and an incentive for living life at the fullest until the end. The moment in which a person realizes that there is a deadline, is the ultimate moment to focus on what really matters and have no regrets. Death is what makes us truly alive.

Bucketlist is a service that has intention of using already existing data and research related to this topic in order to provide the best set of information for the people involved. The person approaching the final days in life has a chance to design his or her own list of wishes and dreams that remained unfulfilled until this point. With the help of this service, the person in question can understand in which order to follow the list for the best experience depending on the disease, its progress and other variables. The most important variable among them is the possibility for the person’s loved ones to be able to help complete this list in the best way they can. Let us explain this through an example.

Hank is a 53 year-old man with a terminal cancer. During his treatment his doctor advised him and his family to try the BucketList service. It works through an application and what Hank needs to do is to provide data of his state and disease, as well as what are his wishes and dreams he never got around to. This will generate Hanks wish list, which is organized by the system in the order of priority depending on his state. Another point that the system provides is feasibility of this list according to the budget and other variables. 

Once Hank completes his list, his family, friends and relatives get notified. Now they have a chance to be involved in the the hardest time of his life and help him make his it less heavy by sharing the burden. These people will be able to help him in the best ways they can and share some of his wishes with him. 


What we want to achieve with this service is to provide a new way to see moments before death and demonstrate how precious they are. That time should not be taken as a tragedy, but as a meaningful conclusion to someone’s life. We want to help people accept death and embrace it as a normal part of life, include family and all loved ones in the final adventure and be grateful that they have enough time to say proper goodbye and on their terms.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Step 1: Interviews with doctors and patients. Step 2: Talking with families about the list their loved ones did and see their reactions (would they help? Would this make them feel more involved into sharing the patience burden?) Step 3: Application prototype (linked to a web platform)

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Phsicologists; Sociologists; Doctors; Patience and families (with experience and also who survived the experience) Designers; Developers.

Tell us about your work experience:

I work as a User Experience designer in a digital communication/strategy consultancy (DigitasLBi). Thanks to my bachelor in Interior Design and my master degree in Service Design I got familiar with Design Thinking techniques and methodologies.

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Photo of Abiola Oyebanjo

Thank so much @Alberto . I don't think this bucket list will be bad for even those who are not even facing end of life. However, they need it more. I believe we can make this more innovative.  We can find common areas of needs where humans are likely to miss out of and help these people make better choices as they write on the list. The reason is because many at this point might not have their neurons triggered in areas that might be necessary for their happiness. SO i suggest we use familiar pictures, images or videos in which ever format we are presenting the list to them. Well done  

Photo of Alberto Minelli

Thanks Abiola Oyebanjo 

There is definitely more space for the service to grow, and in the ideas refinement phase we could consider all this point in order to shape the service itself.
As the topic is very emotional, using such elements (and a really good storytelling, let's say) can be a very good point.

Thanks again for the comment!

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